Joel – God’s Great Purpose #16

Welcome to week 16 of the God’s Great Purpose series. This week we are exploring the book of Joel. There are a number of different ways we’ve put together to do that, so we hope you find something that helps you.

Introduction to Joel

Here is a short video we’ve produced to set the scene for Joel. If you want to see all the videos so far in the series, the playlist is here.

Daily Reading Plan

As well as the main passages from Joel looked at in the sermon, here are 7 daily readings that together help to give a bigger picture of God’s Great Purpose in the book of Joel. The dates are suggestions for people following the whole Bible reading plan.

24th May – Joel 1—3
25th May – Joel 1—3
26th May – Joel 1
27th May – Joel 2
28th May – Joel 3
29th May – Joel 1—3
30th May – Joel 1—3

Bible meditation

It’s good to read chunks of Scripture, but it’s also good to read small sections and dwell on them, allowing God to speak through them to us. Below is a simple method to use to guid you through a process of meditation, and some suggested verses from Joel to use. There are no ‘set days’ when we recommend you do this, so please use these as and when you wish.

Follow these simple steps, and use them to reflect on the passage (for a fuller description of the process, click here.) Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the whole process.

Pray, asking God to meet you through His word.
Read, slowly and a few times.
Meditate, turning over what you’ve read in your mind. Are there certain parts that stand out? Dwell on them.
Pray, bringing your reflections before God, asking what it might mean for you.
Listen, giving God a space to bring into focus what He is ministering to you.
The passages we sepcially recommend are Joel 2:12-14 and Joel 2:28-29, but you might like to use other verses too.

Study Notes

If you would like to lead a study based on the book of Joel, whether that’s as part of a Gold Hill Life Group or in any other way, we’d be delighted to give you some notes to help. These will be available very soon.


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